ZimmCast 626 – Meet New LPC Executive Director

LPC Board

In this week’s program let’s meet Lindsay Graber Runft, Executive Director, Livestock Publications Council, pictured on the left with the LPC Board at the 2019 Ag Media Summit. Lindsay started with LPC in July this year and I met her at the AMS. Lindsay has a solid background in livestock production and association management. As an example, she served as director …

Past and Current Ag Secretaries Support USMCA

All former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration this week announced their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA …

Ethanol Report on Energy Security

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a new study that shows the Renewable Fuel Standard saves drivers money at the gas pump every day and also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even eliminating the blow to our nation’s drivers when global oil production is disrupted. The analysis, by independent economist and energy expert Dr. Philip K. Verleger, …

Sen. Grassley Comments on Pending Biofuel Deal

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) answered a number of reporter questions about how President Trump will address the small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard in a way that will address concerns of farmers and biofuel producers. During a call with reporters, Sen. Grassley said the biofuel industry demands are very simple. “We want 15 billion gallons to be 15 …

GROWMARK Urges Congress to Ratify USMCA

Because GROWMARK is a farmer-owned cooperative, its priorities reflect the interests of its farmer members, and right now that number one priority is trade in general and the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in particular. In this interview, Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK/FS Executive Director of Government Relations, talks about USMCA other key issues for agriculture in Congress, including rural broadband internet …

ZimmCast 625 – 2019 NAMA Fall Conference Preview

In this week’s program we get a preview of the 2019 National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference. Conference committee chair, Brittany Phillips, Brighton Agency, talks us through the program and activities of #NAMAFall19. Registration is available on the NAMA website with the early registration deadline of September 16. The hotel is the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. Listen to the ZimmCast …

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Farmers for Free Trade Rally for USMCA

Farmers for Free Trade brought its #MotorcadeForTrade to Washington D.C. Thursday to highlight the importance of ag trade with Canada and Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that Congress will consider to upgrade NAFTA. Members of Congress and farm leaders discussed how USMCA provides farmers with new market access while maintaining a zero-tariff platform, and stressed the need for Congressional …

EPA Ditches WOTUS Rule

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced the repeal of a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are also recodifying the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that existed …

INTERGRO INTRODUCES THE FIRST FOLIAR BIOENHANCER

Part of a new line of chitin-based products, PreBiotech enhances the beneficial microbial community to improve plant vigor and help defend against crop stress (CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, September 9, 2019) Agricultural Solutions, a subsidiary of Intergro, Inc. dedicated to the development of sustainable innovations to improve agriculture through the enhancement of plant and soil microbiomes, has launched a new portfolio of …

Ethanol Report DC Update

The Ethanol Report

Ethanol continues to be in the national news with President Trump indicating he will be announcing some type of small refinery waiver mitigation for the industry, as demands that the gallons waived be reallocated increase. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper was in Washington DC this week and in this edition of The Ethanol Report he gives …

Lamb industry requires further change, says American Lamb Summit

September 5, 2019 For Immediate Release Media Contact: Sharlet Teigen (605) 390-8320 Outcomes from the inaugural American Lamb Summit were clear: all segments of the industry need to further improve lamb quality to keep and attract new customers and become more efficient to recapture market share from imported lamb. Yet, it was just as clear that production technologies and product …

Luke Bryan Ready to Begin 2019 Farm Tour Sponsored by Bayer

Luke Bryan 2019 Farm Tour

On September 26, country music superstar, Luke Bryan will once again bring his Farm Tour across America to recognize and give thanks to the American farmer. Bayer, a global Life Sciences company, who is the No. 1 leader in agriculture, will be joining the tour for its fifth year as the title sponsor. Bayer will be highlighting its annual campaign, …

Biodiesel Industry Spotlights Waiver Pain

The biodiesel industry wants the administration to understand that they are hurting as much or more than ethanol producers as a result of EPA’s small refinery exemptions (SRE). National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagen and Vice President of Federal Affairs Kurt Kovarik hosted a conference call with reporters Thursday to discuss the impact of small refinery exemptions on biodiesel …

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Syngenta at 2019 Farm Progress Show

Syngenta and NK Seeds and Golden Harvest had a significant presence at the 2019 Farm Progress Show to showcase what’s new to Midwest farmers. Golden Harvest announced connecting with the John Deere Operations Center through John Deere’s API services so that farmers will be able to receive better recommendations via E-Luminate®, the Golden Harvest digital ag platform. Syngenta NK Seeds …

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GROWMARK FS at 2019 Farm Progress Show

GROWMARK and the FS System are the official agronomy and fuel suppliers for the Farm Progress Show and showcase the cooperative’s products and services at the event. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Photos GROWMARK FS at 2019 Farm Progress Show photo album Audio/Interviews …